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dc.contributor.supervisor Peddle, Derek Roland Soenen, Scott University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science 2007-05-23T20:45:10Z 2007-05-23T20:45:10Z 2006
dc.description xvi, 156 leaves : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract The multiple-forward-mode (MFM) inversion procedure is a set of methods for indirect canopy relectance model inversion using look-up tables (LUT). This thesis refines the MFM technique with regard to: 1) model parameterization for the MFM canopy reflectance model executions and 2) methods for limiting or describing multiple solutions. Forest stand structure estimates from the inversion were evaluated using 40 field validation sites in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Estimates of horizontal and vertical crown radius were within 0.5m and 0.9m RMSE for both conifer and deciduous species. Density estimates were within 590 stems/ha RMSE for conifer and 310 stems/ha RMSE for deciduous. The most effective inversion method used a variable spectral domain with constrained, fine increment LUTs. A biomass estimation method was also developed using empirical relationships with crown area. Biomass density estimates using the MFM method were similar to estimates produced using other multispectral analysis methods (RMSE=50t/ha). en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Arts and Science, 2006 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Remote sensing -- Alberta -- Kananaskis Country en
dc.subject Aerial photography in forestry en
dc.subject Forests and forestry -- Remote sensing en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title Remote sensing of montane forest structure and biomass : a canopy relectance model inversion approach en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Department of Geography Masters Masters

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